I don't drive the car on the street almost at all anymore. To / From the track and the occasional (ie, monthly) Cars & Coffee. That's all.
An RV / trailer is what I really want. The problem is I don't have anywhere to store it, since I rent an apartment. I'm looking into secure storage solutions, but they're not cheap. Still, better than buying a house around here. I can afford my tracking, or I could attempt to buy a house, but doing both... eeeeeh.
It seems that I don't really have a choice in the end. Getting in the Tillett B6 without taking the steering wheel off is a PITA. Makes normal Elise entry look so easy!
It's not like we have side airbags. A side collision on the street would probably still **** my neck up hard. I would have to be super careful when driving to tracks, until I figure out a way to stop driving this car on the street.
I'm in about the same situation, my car is mostly track use but I do drive it on the street from time to time. I picked up a trailer to get to the track though, worth it to me but understand the extra costs and storage.
I've removed the stock seat belt and just run the 6pt harness on the street. This is a pain and I always feel like an idiot wearing racing harnesses on the street (get black harnesses is you're going to do this so it is not as obvious). I've removed the stock steering wheel going to a removable racing wheel without an airbag. This is not a safe way to drive on the street. I'm guessing you could go the removable steering wheel route and have a way to put on the stock wheel for street driving and another wheel for track and just keep swapping out the resistor to keep the air bag light off, but this would move the stock wheel some and may make the air bag too close or not work as designed.
The harnesses are a great improvement when on track though, really keep you in your seat.
Yeah... sounds like the way to go.
How about just renting a truck and trailer/tow for the event. Its not that much.
I'm tracking like twice a month now... It'd add up quickly.
I use the BOE hitch and very small trailer. Hitch comes off in about 5 minutes
Very useful overall, but not sure how it'd help with my seat problems?
I'm in the same boat. Would love to have a trailer and truck, but no space to put them. The three point and airbag is certainly the safest way to drive it on the street. I don't bother disabling the airbag for track use, but probably wouldn't be a bad idea. Driving around with a helmet on would likely raise the risk of something happening as its going to limit your visibility.
Driving with an aftermarket wheel without an airbag obviously has its risks, but no different than driving an older car that never came with one to begin with. If only going to and from the track, the odds are much more slim of an accident compared to if you were driving it every day. Thats my take on it at least.
What kind of seat do you have? I tried the Tillett B6 and getting in the car with the steering wheel there is very annoying.
Inokenetic makes bolts that allow mounting both the harness and 3 point belt to the seat. I use that, I wouldn't want to drive in a harness on the street or in a hans in the street.
I'm also more 60-40 track street.
Yeah, you drive a lot on the street. I don't really drive this car on the street anymore.
Pros and cons to both. If you make the car a trailer queen, you get to take all the 'street legal' stuff off and save some weight and complexity unless required for the class. At least, you don't have to maintain it anymore and can disconnect/bypass stuff. The bad news is that it's now a trailer queen and you can't legally drive it anywhere on public roads. More bad news is that you have to have a tow vehicle and trailer conveniently available.
The good news is that an Elise is one of the lightest road cars in the world. Stripped to racing weight it's even lighter. It's small, too. All of this means that you don't want a two-axle car hauler or equipment trailer, because they're too big, too heavy, and overbuilt for your use (which means they also ride harsher than required carrying your little track toy). What you need is a true race car trailer. An Elige is so light that you can carry it on a single axle trailer easily. You can also put it on a lower profile trailer using a drop axle or, even better, a torsion axle (which also provides independent suspension). Low profile trailers have gentler ramp angles, and shorter trailers are easier to tilt to a convenient roll-on/roll off angle. I'd start off with a long single-axle yard equipment trailer if you don't want to buy a dedicated racecar trailer. You might have to put some treated wood down to stiffen the deck at the tire contact patch, but it would be an easy modification. Weld RV leveling jacks to the rear of the frame and put a tongue lift on it. Run a 2500 lb torsion axle and you get a deck 18" or less off the pavement. Figure out your loading position to get 10% tongue weight and put D rings into the deck to tie the wheels down with at that position. If you're feeling plush or lazy, put an electric tongue jack and winch on it, otherwise just go with a come along tower and eye and a hand-crank tongue jack. The trailer would be ~500 lbs (consider aluminum if you can afford it) and would easily carry 2000+, which is your track car plus the inevitable goodie box, cooler, easy-up shelter, chairs, and maybe change of wheels/tires.
That's class 3 hitch territory with 250 lbs of tongue weight, which means you can tow it with a small sport ute, a small pickup, or even a big sedan (like my Grand Marquis, which is one reason why I keep the old barge around). Further, it will have low frontal area, so low drag and good weight distribution makes it an easy and cheap tow. The more you like driving to the track, the more track days you'll be willing to drive to...
Alternative B is the hitch on the Elise with a track day trailer. There are plenty of pictures of this sort of thing around. It's the minimum footprint model, but does mean that you might be calling the rollback and a friend if you break the track toy, and it means you'll be driving the track toy on the street, which means it can't be a dedicated track toy. It also means that it'll pulverize your kidneys on some public roads if you have the suspension set up for track days...
I agree 100%. The problem I have to solve is not getting a trailer / RV. It's storing it
If you're driving it on the street, or really anytime without a harness and HANS, I would avoid a harness. In a collision, your body will be held in place due to the harness and seat while your head will be free to move putting all the force of stopping your head into your neck. 3-points and air bag or trailering are the ways to go.
I hear ya... It'd only be for to / from the track tho. At least until I figure out a trailer solution that works with my lack of property ownership.